Apr 6, 2018

$89 Linux Based Notebook?

The other day I was browsing through YouTube and came across this video talking about the Pinebook, which is an extremely affordable notebook for only $89! Why so inexpensive you ask? Well, for one thing it comes with Linux!

Check out the video:

Now the Pinebook comes from a company called Pine64. Here is a description of from their page:

PINEBOOK is an 11.6″ or 14″ notebook powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer. It is lightweight and comes with a full size keyboard and large multi-touch touchpad for students and makers. 
As a new open source platform, Pinebook development is an ongoing process and represents a great opportunity to get involved with computing on a different level, to customize and personalize the portable computer experience, to understand what is going on beneath the surface. Your input can help shape and define what a Pinebook can be.

Here are the specs:

CPU : 1.2GHz 64-Bit Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53
RAM : 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM Memory
Flash: 16 GB eMMC 5.0 (upgradable up to 64GB)
Wireless : WiFi 802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0
USB 2.0 Port : 2
MicroSD Card Slot : 1
Mini HDMI : 1
Headphone Jack : 1
Microphone : Built-in
Keyboard : Full Size Keyboard
Touch-pad : Large Multi-Touch Touchpad
Power : Input: 100~240V, Output: 5V3A
Battery : Lithium Polymer Battery (10000mAH)
Display : 11.6" or 14" TN LCD (1366 x 768)
Front Camera : 0.3 Megapixels
Dimension : 11.6" : 299mm x 200mm x 12mm (WxDxH)
14" : 329mm x 220mm x 12mm (WxDxH)
Weight : 11.6" : 1.04 kg (2.30 lbs)
14" : 1.26 kg (2.78 lbs)
Warranty : 30 days

With only 2GB of RAM, and a 1.2Ghz processor, I can't imagine this thing being that "zippy" even if it is running on Linux. That being said, it does look pretty cool.

Either way, I'm curious what you think about it. Let us know in the comments!

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